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  • Pentagon awash in pink slips, preparing 800,000 civilian furloughs

    02/21/2013 3:31:23 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 229 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 20 Feb 13 | Kristina Wong
    The Defense Department on Wednesday officially notified Congress that it plans to begin furloughing its 800,000 civilian employees across the country if automatic spending cuts begin March 1, estimating the states would lose a total of $4.86 billion in workers’ wages this year. According to Pentagon estimates, among the hardest-hit states would be Virginia, which would have about 88,000 affected workers and salary losses of $660.9 million; California, with 62,600 workers and $419.7 million in lost wages; and Maryland, with 45,700 workers and $359.3 million in lost earnings. “This is not a Beltway phenomenon,” Jessica L. Wright, the acting undersecretary...
  • North Korean fashion, women are 'encouraged' to choose from 18 officially sanctioned hairstyles

    02/21/2013 3:30:05 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 73 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 21, 2013 | Tara Brady
    You won't see a North Korean woman sporting the Jennifer Aniston style blow-dry. That is because women are being encouraged to do their bit for the world's most conformist state - by getting a specially approved haircut. The bizarre campaign exhorts women to choose from one of 18 officially sanctioned hairstyles chosen by communist officials eager to clamp down on western influences. And judging by this display on the wall of a salon in the capital of Pyongyang, there are not many styles to choose from. With traditional Korean dress, women generally wear a straight style but with western clothes...
  • GOA Bringing Pro-gun Victim to Testify Before Congress

    02/21/2013 3:27:22 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 1 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 21, 2013 | AmmoLand staff
    Washington, DC --(Ammoland.com)- Remember Patrick Purdy? He became a household name on January 17, 1989, when he perpetrated what was, up till then, the worst elementary school shooting up to that time. On that date, five innocent children lost their lives in Stockton, California, and 27 children were injured. Well, Rob Young was one of the children who were injured. Today he is a sworn law enforcement officer in the state of California. But unlike politically-appointed police chiefs who are in the news calling for tougher gun legislation, Rob has a different message. You see, Rob supports the Second Amendment...
  • After Sequestration, A Shocking Proportion Of Government Spending Will Be On Entitlements

    02/21/2013 3:24:54 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 9 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 21 Feb 13 | Walter Hickey
    Sequestration is the series of blunt, across the board cuts that go into effect March 1 and will shrink the size of the federal government over the next ten years. Several states will lose hundreds of thousands of jobs, the price of groceries could jump following USDA inspector furloughs, and the Congressional Budget Office reported that the austerity measures could initiate a recession. What's more, sequestration accomplishes a pathetic amount over ten years, all things considered. It was designed to cut spending on things that constitute core government functions — money for infrastructure, schools and national defense. Social Security, Medicaid...
  • Woo hoo!! Now less than $15k to go!! We can do this!! [FReepathon thread XXIII]

    02/21/2013 3:24:18 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 553 replies
    Woo hoo!! Thank God we're back online!! Almost hate to do it, but we have to continue the fundraiser and get it done so we can keep FR on the air!! With Obozo and his commie clowns in office, we're going to need FR now more than ever!! Click the link above or by mail to Free Republic - PO Box 9771 - Fresno, CA 93794 Thank you all very much!! FReepers are absolutely the greatest!!
  • French minister hits back at 'three hour day' attack

    02/21/2013 3:23:44 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 12 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/21/2013 | Dennis Mitzner
    The French industry minister who received a letter lambasting his country's work ethic has retaliated by telling the US boss who sent the insulting epistle that he has "a perfect ignorance" of France. Arnaud Montebourg, minister for industrial renewal in France, was subject to a written barrage of abuse from Maurice Taylor, chief executive of US tyremaker Titan, after the French politician appealed for financial support for an ailing Goodyear factory. Mr Taylor berated French workers for putting in just "three hours" a day, and said his company would be "stupid" to invest in the loss-making tyre plant in Amiens,...
  • The Eight Greatest Absurdities of Obama’s Second Term

    02/21/2013 3:21:07 PM PST · by Hoodat · 7 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | 21 Feb 2013, 4:36 pm | Keith Koffler
    President Obama’s second term is only a month old, and already the absurdities are piling up. In fact, it’s making me dizzy. Hold the phone while I swallow a Dramadine. ********** Okay, that’s better. Oh wait a second, I took a Xanax. Oh, that’s okay, I need one of those too. Now, on to the absurdities. All White Houses have absurdities. Some more than others. Like this one. Covering the Obama White House is like heading into Area 51 every day for flying saucer flying lessons. 1. President Obama blames Republicans for the sequester when IT WAS HIS IDEA. OMG,...
  • "Virtual President" BILL WHITTLE "Virtual STATE OF THE UNION - 2013" [part one: talking about GUNS]

    02/21/2013 3:20:19 PM PST · by RonDog · 36 replies
    www.MrVirtualPresident.com/ ^ | February 21, 2013 | Bill Whittle [with commentary by RonDog]
    From www.mrvirtualpresident.com: GUNS (Virtual State of the Union - 2013) February 21, 2013 In this segment of his Virtual State of the Union, the Virtual President talks about why politicians want to talk about gun control rather than crime control, and delivers the factual evidence and historical truths that make the case for the Second Amendment self-evident... For the latest from The Virtual President go to www.mrvirtualpresident.com © 2013 Mr. Virtual President. All Rights Reserved.
  • New GOP sequester plan: Let Obama decide what to cut

    02/21/2013 3:19:03 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/21/2013 | AllahPundit
    It's headed straight down the toilet in the Senate but not half-bad as a PR ploy designed to show the party's reasonableness on cuts. GOP problem: Obama keeps complaining that the sequester is a blunt instrument that'll impose all sorts of hardships because it cuts spending indiscriminately, across the board. What we need are more targeted cuts aimed at agencies that are better prepared to cope with them. GOP solution: Let Obama and his agency chiefs pick the targets then. When people start complaining that they've been furloughed or that they have to wait in line at the airport for...
  • With Axelrod At NBC, The Politicos Become The Press

    02/21/2013 3:17:58 PM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 20 Feb 2013 | Editorial
    Press: As if media bias weren't troublesome enough, the ascent of President Obama's top strategist to a plum job at NBC creates an even bigger issue: that of the political establishment becoming the press. Where does it end? In a way, the hiring of David Axelrod as "senior political analyst" providing commentary at NBC seems like a fool's errand from a business standpoint. After all, the White House senior adviser has pretty much been giving NBC and other big media outlets commentary for free during the Obama administration, if the slavish pro-Obama media bias, as well as secretive media-political collaborations...
  • EU: US boss berates French for 'three-hour' working day

    02/21/2013 3:15:34 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/20/2013 | Denise Roland
    The boss of US tyremaker Titan has provoked outrage in France after mocking its workers for putting in only "three hours" a day and said his company would be "stupid" to take over an ailing French factory. Maurice Taylor, chief executive of Titan, berated the French work ethic in response to a request for the US company to consider investing in a loss-making Goodyear plant in Amiens, northern France, in an attack which has infuriated unions. "I have visited that factory a couple of times. The French workforce gets paid high wages but only works three hours," Mr Taylor wrote...
  • Woman indicted in fatal shooting after traffic accident

    02/21/2013 3:14:09 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 10 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | February 19, 2013 | Mike Glenn
    <p>A woman who said she fatally shot another motorist only when he attacked her after a traffic accident last year has been indicted on a murder charge.</p> <p>Authorities didn't charge 23-year-old Crystal Scott immediately after the shooting death last year of Jonathan Ables, but Harris County grand jurors apparently concluded there were still enough unanswered questions for the case to go to trial.</p>
  • Judge sentences Drew Peterson to 38 years in prison for murder

    02/21/2013 3:14:09 PM PST · by South40 · 5 replies
    Fox News (AP) ^ | February 21, 2013
    JOLIET, Ill. – Drew Peterson -- the swaggering former suburban Chicago police officer who gained notoriety after his much-younger fourth wife vanished in 2007 -- was sentenced to 38 years in prison on Thursday for murdering his third wife. Illinois does not have the death penalty, and the 59-year-old Peterson had faced a maximum 60-year prison term. The judge gave him four years' credit for time he has served since his arrest. Jurors convicted Peterson in September in Kathleen Savio's 2004 death. Neighbors found the 40-year-old's body in a dry bathtub at home with a gash on her head --...
  • Students who refuse to affirm transgender classmates face punishment

    02/21/2013 3:13:14 PM PST · by GeronL · 36 replies
    Fox News Radio ^ | Todd Starnes
    Parents across Massachusetts are upset over new rules that would not only allow transgender students to use their restrooms of their choice – but would also punish students who refuse to affirm or support their transgender classmates. Last week the Massachusetts Department of Education issued directives for handling transgender students – including allowing them to use the bathrooms of their choice or to play on sports teams that correspond to the gender with which they identify. The 11-page directive also urged schools to eliminate gender-based clothing and gender-based activities – like having boys and girls line up separately to leave...
  • Let's Balance the Budget (John Stossel explains how he can do it)

    02/21/2013 3:08:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Reason ^ | 02/2011 | John Stossel
    The Congressional Budget Office says the current year's budget deficit will be a record $1.5 trillion. It also says that over the next decade we're on track for annual deficits of "only" $768 billion. I suspect the CBO has hired Rosy Scenario to do the bookkeeping, but let's take that number at face value. I'm now going to balance the budget, with the help of some experts. I'll begin with things I'm most eager to cut. Let's privatize air traffic control. Canada did it, and it works better. Then privatize Amtrak. Get rid of all subsidies for rail. That'll save...
  • Taxpayer-Supported Fisker Looking to China, Like A123

    02/21/2013 3:07:43 PM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    NLPC ^ | February 21, 2013 | Paul Chesser
    Stimulus déjà vu-lishness lurks: Another “green” tech company that received hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars is financially troubled, seeks a buyer (or their preferred term – a “partner”), and China is ready to swoop in and buy up the remains on the cheap. And the same two Republican senators who slammed the last deal that went down like this are sickened again. The first time this happened it was electric car battery maker A123 Systems that set up a deal to get $249 million (plus other multimillion dollar grants) from U.S. taxpayers, who thengot left holding the bag when...
  • THE TRUTH ABOUT CHILDREN WITH 'GAY' PARENTS

    02/21/2013 2:59:10 PM PST · by fwdude · 13 replies
    OneNewsNow ^ | January 6, 2013 | Charlie Butts
    A group of professors has debunked the research of a sociologist, finding that children with heterosexual parents do better in school than those raised by homosexuals. ... According to Allen, every time a study that claims no harm to children raised by same-gender couples is released, it has been successfully disputed when put under a microscope.
  • Pope Benedict retired after inquiry into 'Vatican gay officials', says paper

    02/21/2013 2:41:14 PM PST · by RummyChick · 18 replies
    guardian ^ | 2/21 | john hooper
    A potentially explosive report has linked the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI to the discovery of a network of gay prelates in the Vatican, some of whom – the report said – were being blackmailed by outsiders. The pope's spokesman declined to confirm or deny the report, which was carried by the Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica. The paper said the pope had taken the decision on 17 December that he was going to resign – the day he received a dossier compiled by three cardinals delegated to look into the so-called "Vatileaks" affair. Last May Pope Benedict's butler, Paolo...
  • AP To Use ‘Husband, Wife’ Regardless Of Sexual Orientation

    02/21/2013 2:40:27 PM PST · by Salman · 80 replies
    TPM ^ | Thursday February 21, 2013 | Pema Levy
    <p>The Associated Press on Thursday updated its stylebook so that married individuals will be referred to as husband and wife, regardless of whether they are in a same-sex marriage. The change comes a week after the AP received criticism for an internal memo designating the word "partners" for individuals in same-sex marriages.</p>
  • NYT Tries Again to Sell Off Struggling Boston Globe (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    02/21/2013 2:36:23 PM PST · by abb · 17 replies
    News Busters ^ | February 21, 2013 | Matthew Sheffield
    The New York Times Company, owners of the Boston Globe newspaper, is once again trying to find someone to take the struggling Massachusetts newspaper off its hands. The Times previously tried to sell the Globe in 2009 but canceled the sale process after it received concessions from is unions (love the irony there). More from Reuters: The sale is expected to come at a big loss. Ken Doctor, an analyst with Outsell Research, estimated that the Globe could fetch about $150 million. The New York Times paid $1.1 billion for the newspaper in 1993. The New York Times is putting...